How To: Upgrade vShield Manager

This only came about because I got a call today about a customer that had vCloud up and running then realized they have the 4.1 build of vShield Manager installed (Build #287872) instead of the 4.1 Update 1 Version (Build #310451).  Build #287872 is a valid GA version for 4.1, but if you go to the VMware download site for ... Read More »

What is Supported in vCloud Director 1.0.1?

There has been a lot of buzz about VMware vCloud Director for sure.  Folks are actively trying it out and finding it does what it says it can do.  However, as with any application there is a HUGE difference between what “Works” and what is actually SUPPORTED by VMware.  Below is pretty much the summary from the Install guides and ... Read More »

My VMworld 2011 Session Information (Updated 8/1/11)

Well I wanted to take a quick minute to publish my final session schedule for VMworld US.  I will be presenting multiple times as well as moderating for a couple close colleagues of mine in their session.  Below is the listing of Session ID’s and the topics.  Please take a moment to look at them and get signed up especially for the group discussions. ... Read More »

Copy/Cut and Paste in vCloud Director Remote Console

This is a quick note to share something I happened to find out yesterday that I admit I was not even aware of.  I actually asked around and thought that cut and paste was simply not supported in vCloud Director.  I went so far as to ping my colleague David Hill to test it and he was saying that he was saying the same thing. ... Read More »

vCloud Domain Service Accounts

This article has been updated to add some vCenter Role Assignment recommendations as of March 11th, 2011.  Recently, I was having a conversation about the need for some domain service acocunts to support vCloud installations and I realized there is not a great grouping of which applications need what service accounts and how they map to usage.  So here is ... Read More »

Load Balancing Considerations for vCloud (Updated 7/18/11)

In my previous post about setting up a vCloud In a Box for your Lab, I also mentioned that I happened to install the Zeus Load Balancer to examine some of the options available for load balancing you vCloud Director Cells.  Based on some of my lab testing I wanted to share a few of the findings some folks may find ... Read More »

SRT Track Experience…It Is Free!!

So now that I have your attention, let’s clarify a few things.  I am a Two-Time SRT8 Challenger owner and I knew about this before I even bought the first car, BUT you have to purchase an SRT to get the school access.  The dealerships RARELY know about this incredible track school.  It is a SINGLE line on your window ... Read More »

vCloud on Vblock: Findings From The Field

Well folks, there has been a lot going on for me recently as you can tell by the frequent postings, but this week was especially interesting for me.  I had a unique opportunity to work with a customer on doing some high level architecture of vCloud running on top of Vblock.  At the end of two grueling days of conversations ... Read More »

Sony’s Official Notification of Breach

Tonight I got this letter from Sony about the security breach.  Frankly, this comes WAY to late for many of us to “Be Vigilant” seeing as you denied any breach for days so now we are over a week into someone having your 77 Million User’s data.  Why did this take so long to be notified?  Why was data not ... Read More »

vCloud Catalogs, Networking, and External Dependencies

There is often some confusion by customers that I speak to about VMware vCloud about how and where the “Catalogs” function becomes useful as well as how we deal with external dependancies, specifically Active Directory.  Mainly the catalog question stems from the traditional thinking of vCenter “Templates” and what we know and love about them.  However in reality although you can ... Read More »

NASCAR, The Game 2011 – First Impressions

Well I wanted to post a quick note about the new NASCAR 2001 game that was released yesterday.  First impressions of the game play were not bad at all.  Good graphics smooth scrolling, controls using the PS3 analog stick were responsive.  However the first things I noticed being a NASCAR fan that stood out were that the car bodies are ... Read More »

VMware vCloud “In A Box” for Your Home Lab

Introduction: This outlines the configuration I personally used for installing setting up a lab based “vCloud in a box” for testing and understanding of all the vCloud components. This setup can be done almost 100% virtually with a single physical server hosting all the components.  Parts of the configuration are unsupported by VMware for production as well as on certain ... Read More »

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